LDWF News Release

LDWF Explores Lifting Moratorium on Special Artificial Reef Sites

Release Date: 09/20/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program is considering lifting an 8-year moratorium on Special Artificial Reef Sites (SARS). The program feels unique opportunities for creating reef sites outside of artificial reef planning areas still exist and should explore these potential opportunities and improve guidelines for SARS development.
In the 1990s, the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program amended the Louisiana Artificial Reef Plan to allow the program to take advantage of unusual opportunities to create reef sites outside of the program’s existing planning areas, referred to as SARS.  Twenty-two SARS were established or permitted, but a moratorium was established on news SARS in 2008.
The program is seeking both questions and comment on this proposal for 30 days.  For more information or to submit a comment, contact Mike McDonough at (225) 765-5418 or mmcdonough@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Hunter Education Field Day Set for Sept. 21 at BREC’s Independence Community Park in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 09/19/2016

Sept. 19 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer a hunter education field day Wednesday (Sept. 21) from 5-10 p.m. at BREC’s Independence Community Park in Room 111.
The event is open to the first 36 registrants. To register, please go to https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/89372 .
For more information, contact Karla Allen at 225-274-8192 or kallen@wlf.la.gov.


LDWF hosts successful Family Fish Fest at Ivan Lake

Release Date: 09/16/2016

Image 1: Boat Division - Junior Anglers

Largemouth Bass Category -- 1st place Hayden Townsend and 2nd place Camryn Layfield

Image 2: Shore Division – Little Anglers 
White Perch/Bream -- 1st place Abby Campbell, 2nd place Jar’Lai’jah Jefferson, and 3rd place Anna Young

LDWF hosts Family Fish Fest at Ivan Lake

LDWF hosted a Family Fish Fest at Ivan Lake in Cotton Valley on September 10, 2016. Fisheries staff, US Army Corps of Engineers, local Fire Department, Stubborn Hicks Fishing Lures and LDWF volunteers all worked together to offer nearly 200 anglers and family members a fishing competition and numerous educational fishing activities. 

Winners in the Shore Division include Little Angler White Perch/Bream, 1st Abby Campbell, 2nd Jar’Lai’jah Jefferson, 3rd Anna Young Junior Angler Largemouth Bass1st Javier Johnson, 2nd Cody Carson Junior Angler White Perch/Bream 1st Cody Carson, 2nd Saraya Morgan, 3rd Amber Sullivan Junior Angler Other 1st Cody Carson Adult Angler White Perch/Bream 1st Amie Carson, 2nd Anthony Thompson, 3rd Olivia Hardin Adult Angler Other Mark Hicks, 2nd Delton Nail. Winners in the Boat Division include Little Angler White Perch/Bream, 1st Jaxson Barnard, 2nd Jacob Barnard, 3rd Mason Shipp Little Angler Largemouth Bass 1st Trevor Brown Little Angler Other 1st Jameson Butts Junior Angler Largemouth Bass1st Hayden Townsend, 2nd Camryn Layfield Junior Angler White Perch/Bream 1st Wesley Alexander 2nd Hayden Townsend Junior Angler Other 1st Kody Beshea Adult Angler White Perch/Bream 1st Toby Sinclair, 2nd Sherman Sinclair, 3rd Sandy Kimmel Adult Angler Largemouth Bass 1st Allen Kimmel 2nd Shaun Weems

Family Fish Fest is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on the Family Fish Fest program, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov .  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.



LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meetings

Release Date: 09/15/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.
Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
What:  Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
When:  Monday, September 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
Where:    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
                Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
                9961 Hwy. 80
                Minden, LA 71055
The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake, and LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of the lake and giant salvinia.  Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend. 
Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.  
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland

Larto Lake Gates Opened for Emergency Bridge Repairs

Release Date: 09/14/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will open the Larto Lake water control structure for emergency repairs to the Highway 3102 bridge. The bridge is immediately below the control structure, and water flowing over the spillway structure is inhibiting bridge repair work.
DOTD plans to open the gate immediately to increase the rate at which the lake will return to normal pool stage.  The lake water level is currently 1 foot above normal.
The drawdown gates will remain open until the water reaches normal pool stage.
LDWF does not anticipate any impacts to the lake habitat or fish populations during this period.

Yakey Bridge Project Completed at Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 09/13/2016

Sept. 13, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has completed replacement of the Yakey Road bridge over Bayou Cocodrie at the Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and reopened the span to light vehicular traffic.
Yakey Road provides access to WMA users from Louisiana Hwy. 15 to Blount Road on the northern end of Richard K. Yancey WMA. 
Richard K. Yancey WMA is located in Concordia Parish, approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Hwy. 15. For more information on this WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/36994 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov .


Crab Task Force to Meet September 20th at 1:00p.m.

Release Date: 09/13/2016


Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122



I.             Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

II.            Approval of June 8, 2016 minutes and September 20, 2016 agenda

III.           Financial Report

IV.           New Business

A.     Update on Seasonal Closure and Derelict Crab Trap Closure- LDWF

B.     Discussion of Crab Possession Limits and Regulations- Trudy Luke

C.     Update on the Blue Crab Mark-Recapture Study-  Zack Darnell

D.    Discussion of the MSC Certification- Gary Bauer


      VI.               Public Comment

      VII.              Set Next Meeting

      VIII.             Adjourn


The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at


The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.


For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Assumption Parish

Release Date: 09/12/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Assumption Parish that occurred on Sept. 11.

The boating incident occurred around 2 p.m. in Bayou Cheramie near Amelia and claimed the life of Jaidyn Montet, 7, of Bayou L’Ourse.

Agents learned that a triton bass boat with one person on board collided with a 20 foot aluminum vessel with four people on board including Montet while in a curve on the Bayou.

An ambulance transported Montet’s body to Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City where she was pronounced dead with severe head trauma.  The operator of the aluminum vessel was also treated for minor injuries.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Agents do not suspect alcohol played a role in this collision.

LDWF Delays Drawdown on False River

Release Date: 09/08/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the False River Watershed Council and Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, have delayed a drawdown on False River, originally scheduled to begin on September 6, due to recent flooding in the area.
Project engineers indicate no adverse effects from the flooding are expected but advised a drawdown delay as a precautionary measure.  Barring significant rainfall, the drawdown is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 13.  The lake is expected to reach normal water level today (8.8’ NAVD, 16’ FRD).
The lake will be lowered at a rate of 1.5 inches per day to a maximum of 6 feet below pool stage.  The slow dewatering is recommended to allow for proper drainage of shoreline areas. 
The drawdown is being used as a management tool to improve water quality, decrease sedimentation and improve sportfish habitat. The drawdown structure is still scheduled to close on January 15, 2017, and the lake will be allowed to refill.
Property owners should take necessary action to secure or remove vessels, floating docks, and other items potentially impacted by the drawdown prior to its commencement.
The lake will remain open to fishing and other recreational use during the drawdown.  However, caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater structures. 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Brian Heimann, LDWF Biologist Manager, at bheimann@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2337. 

Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal Boat Launch on Dewey W. Wills WMA Remains Closed

Release Date: 09/07/2016

Sept. 7, 2016 – The Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal boat launch at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) remains closed as the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) makes repairs. The launch experienced damage due to erosion and is unsafe for use.
LDWF will announce when it is repaired and ready for use. 
Hunters can access the lake via the public boat launches at Stock Landing, French Fork and Old River. 
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .

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